Third hour pulls down WWE Raw for go-home episode before PPV

For the second week in a row and fourth time during the NFL season, WWE Raw fell below 1.6 million viewers and 600,000 in the 18-49 demo.

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For the second week in a row and fourth time during this year’s NFL season, WWE Raw fell below 1.6 million viewers and 600,000 in the 18-49 demographic.

Monday’s episode from Indianapolis for the go-home show prior to Survivor Series averaged 1,585,000 viewers and approximately 544,000 (0.42) in the 18-49 demo, per Showbuzz Daily and Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics.

The number is up from last week but still on the lower end of Raw’s performances this year. It was the sixth-lowest viewership for Raw in 2021 and seventh lowest in 18-49.

The week-to-week change was minimal with viewership up 2 percent this week and 18-49 improving by 4 percent.

Raw went against the L.A. Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers game that averaged 10,693,000 viewers on ESPN and did 1,554,000 while simulcast on ESPN2.

Raw was tied for seventh among cable originals alongside The Five on Fox News.

Raw’s first two hours performed well with the opening hour doing 1,668,000 and 0.44 in 18-49 while the second hour averaged 1,644,000 and 0.43. The third-hour drop saw an average viewership of 1,442,000 viewers and 0.39 in the demo representing a loss of 13.5 percent viewers and 11 percent in 18-49 throughout the show.

The 18-49 demo and Adults 50+ were the big drop-offs in the third hour with 50+ falling by 15 percent in the final hour that led to the main event between Bobby Lashley and Rey Mysterio.

The 12-34 demo grew in the third hour with males up 4 percent and females increasing by 11 percent in the final hour of the program.

Compared to last week, the 18-49 demo was up by 4 percent, and Adults 18-34 increased by 9 percent. Males 18-49 were by 6 percent and Males 12-34 increased by 18 percent.

In Canada, Raw averaged 166,400 viewers and 74,100 in the 25-54 demographic on Sportsnet 360. That was a good showing as the sports competition was heavy with Monday Night Football, the Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers, and an NHL game airing against Raw.

Raw was fourth among sports programming that night behind the three games listed but was third in the demo as it topped the NHL game by a significant margin in 25-54.

Raw’s numbers in Canada were up from 159,200 and 66,500 in 25-54 from last week.

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